The House of Representatives has not approved national budget once again

The budget draft submitted to the House of Representatives (HoR) by the Government of National Unity (GNU) was rejected, citing Haftar and his self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA).

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The House of Representatives (HoR), which convened on Friday, discussed the budget submitted by the Government of National Unity (GNU). The Speaker of the HoR Aguila Saleh, who took the floor after the talks, stated that the military forces of the country did not have enough room in the budget and therefore they did not approve the budget.

In his statements after his meeting with Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the eastern militias, Saleh stated that there was uncertainty regarding the development projects envisaged in the budget.

The Speaker of HoR Saleh stated that a certain share should be allocated to Haftar and the LNA in the budget, otherwise the talks postponed until after Eid al-Adha would be inconclusive. The statements of Saleh have been met with strong reactions in the country, accusing him of preventing the GNU from implementing the projects it plans in the process of national reconciliation.

In addition to the budget discussions, the ineffective discussions and negotiations regarding the prime ministerial criteria about the determination of the constitutional infrastructure in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), held between June 28 and July 2, is another development that negatively affects the political process of Libya.

According to many experts, merging different institutions is seen as a main priority before the elections scheduled for December 24. In this context, the tension between the HoR and the Dbeibeh government negatively affects the country.

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